Carmen Bercera, 98126, West Seattle
What I like best about “The West” as any true West Seattlite refer to it as, is the closeness—not just in area (you can walk any/everywhere so hanging out past bus-time or drinking out is not a problem).
Every one in West Seattle knows everyone else—that can be bad, but it’s mostly good. West Seattle is like a large family so this closeness makes for a group of confident and comfortable people. This confidence has been labeled by many outsiders as “cocky” or “loud” or “arrogant.”
I enjoy the safeness in our community—recently there was an attempt of phone theft on a metro bus—this happened one week later after a woman in Rainier Valley was dragged off the bus and beaten for her phone. In West Seattle, this was not an option. The potential victim took control of the situation and other passengers took the initiative to apprehend the assailant until officers were able to arrive. The shops are family shops, kids grow up together through school. Lots of peewee leagues and baseball/softball…I’ve lived in West Seattle my whole life.